“I’ve worked cross-culturally in South Africa where we have 11 official languages for the past 15 years. During this time I was waiting for an opportunity to serve amongst the unreached people in India but when an opportunity arose for me to intern with World Outreach International in Indonesia I was enthusiastic, thinking I would do well.
Oh was I deceived! I was in for a rude awakening! I learned how difficult it was to die to self, something I assumed I had done years ago, when I just started in ministry. I also learned how much God loves me and how He desired that I change and become a person that perseveres in all spheres of life.
So firstly, finding a home for three other females to share with was extremely challenging. Praise God we found one that was suitable for us all. Then having your team leaders and mentors not available during crucial moments due to unforeseen circumstances proved challenging. I’ve always been comfortable driving a car but when I learned I’d have to ride a motorcycle, oh my, was that traumatic! Four accidents later yet seeing God’s protection through these moments increased my faith and trust in Him.
There were days when I did not want to get out of bed because the challenge of explaining myself in a language I was not familiar with was overwhelming. Also transportation seemed almost impossible just to get from one point to another without being cheated with the price.
Through much prayer and fasting God transformed not only my life, but the lives of the three gorgeous young ladies I lived with. Three weeks before I left Indonesia we had Church Planting Movement training, I had the opportunity to “go fishing” with Ida during a practical session. Through Ida’s testimony and her obedience to God in sharing her testimony, a lady by the name of Fatmah repented and believed in Jesus, giving Him Lordship over her life. The next day Ida baptized her in the sea while I held her toddler. I was informed that she has started to share with her friends and family what God has done for her. Seeing the book of Acts enfold in front of our eyes has revolutionized my life and ministry.
So all this happened two weeks before my return to South Africa. It was so sad to say goodbye. I’ve learned that knowing the heart language is of crucial importance. Ida is Indonesian and she knew the language of the people group as well. The effectiveness of this was inspiring.
I am thankful to my amazing leaders for their perseverance through challenging times and their love for the people of Indonesian shining through all they do.”
“A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?” – Proverbs 20:24
– Lynette, Intern with a church planting ministry amongst a Least Reached People group in Indonesia. April 2014 – April 2015
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